04/19/15 9:51am

Become a Red Brick Town Contributor by Taking Photos!

Here is our favorite new photo from the Red Brick Town Flickr Pool, depicting the best of the Alexandria, Virginia area.

Check out this photo of Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. You can see other Flickr submissions we have posted about at this link.

Do you have a picture that depicts Alexandria, Virginia area? A GREAT way to contribute to our website is to share your photos in our Flickr pool by submitting your own!

04/19/15 8:55am

Celebrating Earth Day in Alexandria, Virginia
The first Earth Day started on April 22, 1970, and today more than 1 billion people worldwide participate in activities each year, making it one of the largest civic observances in the world.

So, be sure to mark your calendar for Alexandria Earth Day 2015! This year’s celebration will be held at Ben Brenman Park, located at 4800 Brenman Park Drive in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday, April 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

This year’s theme is It’s Your Turn to Lead. The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages!

This year’s event will also feature the Upcycling Showcase, where students will showcase their creative interpretation of Earth day through literature, fashion, visual arts and performing arts.

DASH Bus is offering FREE rides on the AT 8 to the event. Click this link to print our your DASH Pass for Earth Day.

For more information on Earth Day in Alexandria, visit this link. To see photos from last year’s event, click this link.

04/19/15 7:50am

We have heard from several sources that the space housing Artfully Chocolate Bistro & Wine Bar is up for lease in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. We have confirmed that the space is up for lease.

We have reached out to the Artfully Chocolate owners to try and find out what is going on. We have been told by sources that an announcement on this is forthcoming.

Owner Eric Nelson was saddened by the events last December in which they could not reopen their Del Ray space. Are they moving back to Del Ray or closing altogether or are they simply re-negotiating the lease? So far, the owners aren’t saying and sources are being quite tight lipped about this.

Other sources have confirmed that the owners behind the very popular BBQ joint in the neighborhood, Sweet Fire Donna’s, have looked into possibly taking over the space which is located next door to their joint.

We’ve got our ears to the ground and as always, our readers will be the first to know.

04/19/15 7:15am



This FREE presentation will be THIS Thursday, April 23rd at 7:30 PM at Lloyd House, located at 220 N. Washington Street in Alexandria, Virginia.

During his life, Abraham Lincoln elicited many reactions, ranging from adulation to execration. How did Lincoln, with little in his background to recommend him, gain the Presidency? How did he meet his challenges and accomplish his goals? How was he regarded in his public career, not only in the South, but also in the North, the region that had provided his electoral victory? How did he deal with allies and opponents? How did he change the concept of the Presidency and the structure of our republic? Why was and is he still a controversial figure? The time and manner of his death placed him almost beyond detached historical examination, but this sesquicentennial commemoration offers an opportunity to survey different views of Lincoln over time and into the present.

Stephen Smith is a reader and independent scholar of history. He has B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from Western Kentucky University and was a Rotary Foundation Scholar at the University of Nottingham in England. He also holds a J.D. degree from Duke University and completed the certificate course at the Lay School of Theology of Virginia Theological Seminary. He has practiced law privately and in the civil service, authored several reviews and articles for various publications, and given presentations on historical and other topics. Like Lincoln, he was born in Kentucky.

For more information, please call 703.746.4554.

04/19/15 6:47am
Attics and Alleys in Alexandria

What mysteries lie behind closed doors or in the attics of Alexandria’s historic sites? Attics and Alleys is a three-hour walking tour featuring the rarely seen spaces of four sites—the Lee-Fendall House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Carlyle House—revealing the remnants of stories otherwise hidden. This behind-the-scenes access is in honor of National Preservation Month, and tickets are limited and reservations are required.

Tours will be offered every Saturday in May beginning at 9:00 AM and ending around noon. Tickets are $35 per person.

Tour includes stairs, access to confined spaces, and walking over many city blocks, including through alleys. Walking shoes required. Tour hosted rain or shine.


04/18/15 6:11pm
Lincoln's Funeral Car (Library of Congress)

Lincoln’s Funeral Car (Library of Congress)

Via OHA, on April 19, 1865, Aldermen and members of the Alexandria Common Council attended the funeral of Abraham Lincoln, held in the East Room of the White House. Following his death by assassination, Lincoln’s body was transported to the White House by an Honor Guard on April 15 and placed on public view three days later. In the interim period his corpse was prepared for burial by the same embalming method successfully used four years earlier after the death in Alexandria of Elmer Ellsworth, Lincoln’s former law clerk and campaign manager.

After the funeral service, the President’ body was moved to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in a public procession down Pennsylvania Avenue, where he lay in state until the morning of April 21. His coffin was then moved to Union Station and placed in special railcar, originally built in Alexandria for Presidential service, but used instead for the long funeral procession planned to retrace Lincoln’s inaugural route to Washington several years earlier.